Here’s a tip: If you ever find yourself in a situation where the leader of a local street-racing/coordinated-driving-tractor-trailer-theft gang ever decides that you owe him a twelve-second car, an old W-body Buick Regal GS Supercharged is a good place to start. You’d be amazed how much power those old crapwagons can twist out. Just make sure you’re holding on to the steering wheel with both hands.
If, on the other hand, you’re just looking for a nice mid-sized sedan, GM’s pricing announcement today is likely to be of more interest. We have two models: the GS, which comes with a six-speed manual and may be kind of fast, and the eAssist, featuring a low-feature approach to hybrid tech which may leave the green crowd a bit furious.
The release says,
Regal with eAssist will start at $29,530, and Regal GS will start at $35,310; both prices include $860 in destination charges. The eAssist system is a $2,000 option on the Regal base model, mated to a 2.4L Ecotec engine. Buick will continue to offer the base model without eAssist as well as the 2.0L turbo.
eAssist, in case you’re wondering, is the mild hybrid system previously discussed here on TTAC.
Regal with eAssist uses a variety of advanced technologies and body enhancements to deliver an EPA-rated 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, the latter being unsurpassed by the higher-priced Lexus HS Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.
Left unstated is the 41mpg city rating for the MKZ and the 35mpg city rating from the HS250. The price advantage, however, is legitimate: five grand cheaper than the Lincoln and Lexus.
The GS, on the other hand, offers 270hp/295 lb-ft of torque from the two-liter Ecotech turbo first seen in the Solstice and Sky. It has push-button start, adjustable damping, nineteen-inch alloys, and a buffed-out harmon/kardon sound system. Most interestingly, it debuts with a six-speed manual transmission; a six-speed automatic won’t be around until later in the year.
When considering the Regal GS, try to forget the Infiniti G37, which drives the “right” wheels and offers more power for the same money. The Lexus IS350 is priced within a grand. Neither of these cars comes with a six-speed manual, however. The Infiniti G37 6MT is a separate model and it’s forty-one grand, minimum. Perhaps more troublingly, a base 328i six-speed sedan costs virtually the same as the Regal. Throw in the infamous BMW leasing rates, and ask yourself, Wouldn’t I really rather have a Bimmer?